Get your forks and maple syrup ready because Feb. 10 to 16 is National Pancake Week! From delicious red-velvet dessert-like pancakes in Fells Point to pancakes named for the King in Hampden, these five places should whet any pancake-loving appetite. Following a specialty diet? Baltimore even has a place that offers gluten-free ‘cakes!
Blue Moon Cafe
1621 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Everything is better with bacon, right? Blue Moon Cafe in Fells Point, which has been an institution in the neighborhood since 1996, certainly thinks so. The team tops traditional buttermilk pancakes infused with apples with crumbly smoked bacon goodness. Don’t miss Blue Moon Cafe’s beloved red-velvet pancakes layered with whipped cream and white chocolate chips, as well. Blue Moon’s specialty pancakes range from $6.25-$6.95. The cafe has notoriously long waits (at least 30 minutes or more), but that’s a small price to pay for these pancakes.
Miss Shirley’s Cafe
513 W Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, Md. 21210
To quiet a sweet tooth, Miss Shirley’s offers decadent cinnamon danish pancakes with a sweet cream cheese icing and raspberry white chocolate pancakes garnished with fresh raspberries and white chocolate chips. Both are on its specialty pancakes menu, which prices four pancakes at $10.99. Miss Shirley’s has two locations in Baltimore’s Roland Park neighborhood and along the Inner Harbor, so you’re never far from a tasty breakfast treat.
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Golden West Cafe
1105 W 36th St.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
There’s been an Elvis sighting at Golden West Cafe in Hampden! Well, an Elvis pancake sighting. Thick-sliced applewood smoked bacon is baked inside the pancakes and topped with Elvis’ beloved combination of peanut butter and bananas, sauteed in honey butter. The Elvis includes two pancakes for $13, but if one is all you need, check out the Lisa Marie ($8), as well. In case the description isn’t enticing enough, peruse Golden West’s website to see a full-size photo. Be warned: It’s mouth-watering.
24 E Cross St.
Baltimore Md. 21230
Fall has passed and pumpkin may not be top of our minds anymore, but that doesn’t keep Spoons from offering hearty pumpkin pancakes to its patrons. Spoons, which is tucked in one of the Cross Street alleys alongside the market in Federal Hill, offers two ($7) or three ($8) pancakes – a short stack or regular, respectively. For an even more savory option, order the apple, walnut, and brie pancakes, which are priced at $11 and $9, respectively.
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123 W 27th St.
Baltimore, Md. 21318
Sweet 27 is housed in a home in Charles Village, just south of Johns Hopkins University. The cafe sets itself apart by serving solely gluten-free fare, including its pancakes. Those who eat only gluten-free foods and long for the sweet flavor of pancakes can indulge in Sweet 27’s plain ($4.50), blueberry ($5), or chocolate chip pancakes ($5), which are also wallet-friendly. And since Sweet 27 is known for their gluten-free, dairy free, and vegan sweets, be sure to pick up a cupcake on the way out. Who says breakfast is too early for dessert?
Renee Libby Beck spends her days as a public relations and social media manager for Medifast, Inc. and any spare time that she can find as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in local and national publications. Renee also serves as the Baltimore Food Examiner for Examiner.com.